“Covered” Part 2 | Notes/Recap

When it comes to our mind, we all have default destinations about who we are and how shame defines and shapes our identity. Thanks to shame, these destinations are programmed into our brain. No matter how much self-effort we exert into covering our shame, we come back to these destinations over and over again.

Shame creeps in anytime there is a question mark about our worth. When shame makes an appearance, our mind gravitates towards these thoughts and questions. With little to no resistance, we drift towards believing these horrible lies. And these lies are unbelievably powerful.

This is why we must refuse to head down the destructive path where shame and guilt reside. We have to realize we can believe wrong things, especially when it comes to our shame.

Shame demands to be covered. However, what we cover it with will define who we are. If love doesn’t cover our sin, something else will. For many of us, we attempt to use will power to wish shame away. But, our self-effort is incapable of covering our shame.

It takes a deep love to reach deep shame. And the only love deep enough to eradicate sin from the picture is the sacrificial love of Christ. When you are covered by His love, you are able to bear His image and let go of the false images of yourself you’ve held on to for far too long.


Message Notes


  • You are MADE to be LOVED!
  • You are MADE to be KNOWN!

The collision of the deep desire to be loved & the deep desire to be known is:

If they really KNEW-
Would they still LOVE?


The more we are known the less we are loved.


  • You are MADE to be LOVED!
  • You are MADE to be KNOWN!
  •  You can believe WRONG things!


Shame drives you make right the things you know are not.

If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

- 1 John 1:8-9


Your Shame will always work to define You!

 No man, for any considerable period, can wear one face to himself, and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which may be true.

- Arthur Dimmesdale


Shame + Isolation = ID

In these you too once walked, when you were living in them. But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator.

- Ephesians 2:7-10

 Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.

- 1 Peter 4:8

Love covers a multitude of Sin.

If love doesn’t cover SIN- Something else will.



“Covered” Part 1 | Notes/Recap

Shame is part of the human condition. It taints each one of our stories. Hiding and masking are natural instincts. Covering ourselves is what we do best. Each one of us wrestles with a desire to be known and a desire to be loved. Unfortunately, we fall for the trap of shame: the more we are known the less we are loved. In an attempt to deal with our shame, as well as avoid vulnerability, we try to numb, control, perfect and pretend the shame away. These behaviors aren’t so much coping mechanisms as they are our attempts at hiding and covering up.

Since shame influences our relationships, our worldview, our identity, and our perspective we need to attack shame. The first part of the battle is to identify it and call shame out. We can’t go into battle against something nameless. If we don’t, it remains in the emotional background continuing to grow and spread. Instead we must identify and confess our shame. It begins by asking a simple, yet unbelievably heart piercing question: What are we covering up? Confession is uncovering what is covered. Yes, shame is a part of all of our lives. But, it doesn’t need to be a stain that must remain hidden. Instead if we are courageous enough, it can become the canvas for the Gospel to paint the picture our redemption.


Message Notes


You are MADE to be LOVED!
You are MADE to be KNOWN!

The collision of the deep desire to be loved & the deep desire to be known is:

If they really KNEW -
Would they still LOVE?

The man and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame.

- Genesis 2:25

Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves

- Genesis 3:7


The more we are known the less we are loved.

Deal with Shame



Deal with Shame

If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

- 1 John 1:8-9


Confession is uncovering what’s Covered


Night of Worship Setlist Revealed

We’d love to have you join us at the upcoming Night of Worship on Friday August 29th at 7:00pm. We will spend time praying and worshiping as a church as well as sharing in communion together. As our bands & worship leaders prepare, you can prepare too. Below, you’ll see a set list for the evening in Spotify… this way, you can get familiar with the songs before we ask you to sing them with us (especially any new ones).

It will be a fantastic night to worship our great God together. Remember, there is no childcare for Night of Worship, so be sure to get your sitters lined up soon! We’ll see you all Friday August 29th at 7:00pm!


Previous Night of Worship


Rain or Shine… You Stuffed Three Busses!

On Sunday, August 10th, the body of PC3 came together for a church-wide initiative to collect school supplies for teachers and students in our community.  This event, called “Stuff the Bus,” takes place every year in August to help provide our local schools with the items they will need for the school year ahead.

With enthusiastic volunteers leading the charge at both our campuses in Wilmington and Leland, and a total of three buses involved, this year’s Stuff the Bus was a great success!   Despite the overcast conditions and occasional rain showers, people streamed in with generous amounts of items, filling the seats with their donations and filling the air with their excitement.

Volunteers also gave their time and energy the night of the event to help unload supplies off the buses, and several more the week after the event to help count up the totals. Their service was invaluable!

Each year we are incredibly grateful for this small role we can play in helping children in our community who lack the supplies they need for school — as well as the teachers and other staff who often end up buying – from their personal funds – what both they and the kids need.  From your generous donations, what we are doing is more than providing “just stuff.”  In helping provide these supplies, we are providing opportunity for these students to tap into – and fulfill – their potential.  And we are furthering the relationships that we have begun to develop in our local schools.  In Wilmington specifically, this is one way each year that we are able to support the ongoing relationship we have with local organization Communities in Schools (CIS).  CIS works closely with our local schools to determine what school supplies are needed and then directly distributes these supplies once they have been gathered from collection sites.

And so the impact you have made goes far beyond the grand total raised – and for both we celebrate!

The total value of supplies and monies collected for 2014′s Stuff the Bus is:


THANK YOU for your participation and contributions to this effort.  We praise God for the opportunity to come alongside Him in what He is doing, and we are grateful for your hearts to be the Church in our community!


Move Up | Notes/Recap

As a church who reflects the love of Christ, we must possess a relentless commitment to the generations that come after us. A legacy mindset should be a defining marker of our community. The culture we are nurturing within PC3, as well as outside its walls, is one where a body of believers rallies around and encourages the family. The family matters. It was established so that our children’s children will know God as God.

Raising, supporting and encouraging the next generation was never intended to be a solo mission placed on the parent’s shoulders. Every parent needs someone saying the same things they are saying to their children. Imagine if every toddler, child, tween, adolescent or college student that encountered PC3 heard a chorus of people telling them of the potential they struggle to see in themselves. The message of them being valued in God’s eyes would ring out and maybe alter the course of not just one child’s life, but an entire generation’s.

The pressure to conform is greater than it has ever been. It takes a great deal of courage for a young person to stand out and be different while standing firm in their faith. In the midst of their faith journey, they are hoping others will come alongside them and point them in the right direction. To put it simply, every child needs someone to fight for them and with them.


Message Notes

These are the commands, decrees and laws the Lordyour God directed me to teach you to observe in the land that you are crossing the Jordan to possess, so that you, your children and their children after them may fear the Lord your God as long as you live by keeping all his decrees and commands that I give you, and so that you may enjoy long.

Deuteronomy 6:1-2

Your FAMILY is established so that your children’s children will know God as God!

Every kid needs someone to fight FOR them & WITH them.
Every parent needs someone saying the same things you say.

Grow Zone

God Made Me
God Loves Me
Jesus is my Friend Forever
The Bible is God’s story & everything in it is True!

Treasure Island

Make the wise choice.
Trust God no matter what.
Treat others the way I want to be treated.

Tsunami & Ripple Effect

Authentic Faith
Spiritual Disciplines
Moral Boundaries
Healthy Friendships
Wise Choices
Ultimate Authority
Others First

Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, to teaching. Do not neglect the gift you have, which was given you by prophecy when the council of elders laid their hands on you.

1 Timothy 4:12-14

This charge I entrust to you, Timothy, my child, in accordance with the prophecies previously made about you, that by them you may wage the good warfare, holding faith and a good conscience. By rejecting this, some have made shipwreck of their faith, among whom are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I have handed over to Satan that they may learn not to blaspheme.

1 Timothy 1:18-20

Don’t Forget You Don’t Know

Receive Encouragement!
Live with Conviction!




Inside PC3 Podcast | Episode 04: How & Why We Use Media at PC3

It’s time for Episode #4 of “Inside PC3″ and on this podcast we spend a little time with our Director of Production & Media, Mike Paschal. Paschal takes some time to discuss with us specifically the media side of his job and decided to hold off on the production side of things this go around. In this podcast he helps us understand the how and why we use media elements within our church. He touches on series branding, baptism stories, social media & why we make media a priority as a church body. Thanks for joining us and we hope you enjoy the podcast.

If you have any topics you would like for us to cover, post a tweet using #insidepc3.

Guest: Mike Paschal (@michaelpaschal)
Interviewer: Chris Sasser (@SassGYMSOX)

Why the Global Leadership Summit?

Whether at church, school, business or home, you are leading people and projects every day. You’re leading in a culture that is constantly changing and redefining itself. Leadership takes perseverance, dedication and a commitment to stretch your mind, expand your heart and use your God-given gifts to impact your world in real and powerful ways.

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